Hey Guys I have a 30 evinrude, believe it is a 1993. The throttle box gave out on me last week (gear Stripped). I was able to get a replacement box from a local shop for free but the cables are about 3-4 feet too long. I was wondering if anyone had any advice on shortening the cable or if I could swap my cables out from my old box and how hard this is? Thanks
Having cables too long can affect the shift and throttle action due to increased free play when the excess is coiled up.
If both control boxes are 1978 or later, then you can transfer the cables from one to the other.
Be sure to grease everything that slides, rotates, or moves and take care during disassembly and reassembly. Take pictures with your phone for reference.
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